Violinist Rachel Podger, born in England in 1968, is currently one of the most dazzling baroque music specialists. Fun enough, when she was at school, she had to hide her Baroque fiddle: “I just remember this attitude from the other violinists, that if you played Baroque violin, it was actually an admission that you couldn't play properly on your modern," Rachel once said to Violonist.com. "I was ashamed. It was partly just me, but it was also the mentality at the time: that if you ended up playing a Baroque instrument, it was because you hadn't made it."
After studying music in Germany and London, she quickly founded several ensembles and played with various orchestras specialising in baroque in England (The English Concert in particular). In 2007, Rachel Podger founded the Brecon Baroque ensemble, with whom she recorded numerous albums.
If she excels in all repertoires, then Rachel Podger is completely unforgettable when it comes to Vivaldi. Her virtuosity combined with such an elegance of phrasing, technical mastery, and imaginative ornamentation, makes it a wonder. Thus, for quite some time, she has recorded reference versions of the Four Seasons, and the concerto cycles of L'Estro Armonico, La Stravaganza, and La Cetra.
Rachel Podger can also be heard in sumptuous Bach violin concertos and in Mozart’s violin and keyboard sonatas. Those who love the sound of the solo violin will be dazzled by her interpretation of Bach's Sonatas and Partitas, or by Telemann's Fantasies for solo violin.